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19 Precious Life Hacks That Can Turn You Into a Packing Expert



Fun fact: In Europe, people spend about $565 million a year on excess baggage fees. And most of these passengers don’t end up using around 1/3 of the things they take with them. It’s crystal clear why travelers, who don’t want to be part of this statistic, are figuring out new ways to save room in their luggage.

Bright Side will tell you about 19 effective tricks that can make your baggage and your entire trip easy and fun.

1. Use empty pill bottles.

You can use a pill bottle to transport Q-tips. You don’t need many, which makes this a great idea.

2. Put jewelry in small containers.

If you want to take your jewelry with you, you can use a plastic container for that. You can also take this small container with you to the beach if you need to take off your jewelry to swim.

3. Use money stashes.

A good stash for paper money is an empty tube of Chapstick. Remember, you should remove the excess Chapstick before you put the money in.

4. Alternate things when packing.

T-shirts, blouses, and sweaters wrinkle less if you roll them. In any case, you should alternate knitwear and other clothes.

5. Use paper for packing.

Another way to minimize the amount of wrinkled clothing while traveling is to wrap each item in tissue paper or at least put layers of paper between each item of clothing.

6. Pack clothes in collapsible textile shelves.

You can use light textile shelves to pack your clothes. They are easy to pack and take out from the bags. It is also very convenient to hang them right on the bar in your hotel room closet.

7. Use laundry bags for packing and washing.

You can use laundry bags for transporting clothes. The rolled things will take up much less space and it is easy to put these bags inside the luggage. At the end of the trip, you will be able to put dirty clothes inside these bags.

8. Use the space inside shoes.

The space inside shoes can be used for more than just transporting socks. You can put bracelets, cords, belts, and bottles inside them too.

9. Pack each shoe separately.

It is best if you pack each shoe or boot separately instead of keeping them together. If you do this, you will save some room in your bag. There are special covers for shoes to keep your other clothes clean. You can also use old clean socks for shoes without heels.

10. Take a small amount of toothpaste with you.

If you are going away for just a few days, you don’t need to take the entire tube of toothpaste with you. You can put it in a clean eye drop bottle and it will be just enough to get you through your trip.

11. Use tape for transporting liquids.

In order to prevent liquids from leaking out of bottles, put tape on the tops.

12. Another way to prevent a leak:

You can also put a piece of plastic wrap on top of a bottle and screw the cap over it. You don’t want a bottle of lotion ruining the entire wardrobe you’ve packed for your trip!

13. Use socks as covers for small glass bottles.

In order to be sure that a glass bottle doesn’t get broken (for example, a bottle of perfume or face lotion), you can place it inside a sock and put another sock on top.

14. Put clothes in your shoes and wrap the shoes in a shower cap.

In order to save some room in your bag, you can put some small clothes in your shoes. And don’t forget to wrap the shoes in a shower cap, so that your other clothes stay clean.

15. Take a bunch of hair ties.

Hair ties are very useful for traveling because you can use them to pack stuff, fix cords, and so on. In order not to lose all these hair ties, you can use a carabiner to keep them all together.

16. Use a pot holder for transporting hair tools.

You don’t always need to have a hairdryer with you because it is easy to find one in a hotel. But when it comes to curling or flat irons, some women really need them. In this case, it is easy to transport them in a pot holder or a mitten. Besides, you won’t have to think about where to put the hot appliance until it cools down.

17. Transport makeup brushes in toothbrush cases.

Most makeup brushes can easily be put into small toothbrush cases.

18. Take an empty bottle with you.

If you are going to travel by plane, take an empty plastic bottle with you in order to get some water after customs. Very advanced travelers always take portable UV-devices with them to disinfect their water.

19. Transport fruit in a pack of chips.

You can use a pack of chips to transport exotic fruit. Just put them in a plastic bag, or wrap them in plastic film or paper beforehand.

What traveling tricks do you use?

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Oakland teachers strike: Union calls strike for pay, smaller classes




Teacher frustration keeps spreading.

Public school teachers in Oakland, California, said they will strike on Thursday, following 18 months of tense negotiations with district officials over pay raises and classroom sizes.

“We have had it. Enough is enough, bargaining with our school district has not worked,” said Keith Brown, a middle school teacher and president of the Oakland Education Association, during a press conference on Saturday. “Our schools have been starved of resources for years.”

If they don’t reach a deal before Thursday, about 3,000 teachers won’t show up to work in one of the state’s largest school districts, which has struggled from years of budget cuts and poor student performance.

Teachers say the lack of investment in city schools is hurting student performance. The cost of living in Oakland has also skyrocketed in recent years, due to an influx of high-skilled workers unable to afford housing across the bay in San Francisco, making it impossible for teachers to live there on their current salaries, Keith said. Teachers want a pay raise, smaller class sizes, and more counselors and nurses.

The strike in Oakland would come a month after teachers in Los Angeles walked off the job with similar demands — and ended up getting a lot of what they wanted. At the time, LA officials said the same thing Oakland officials are now saying: We just don’t have the money.

Oakland schools are facing a $56 million budget deficit in the next two years, so the school board wants to cut school spending, not increase it. School officials are trying to get more money from the state, but teachers are ready to walk out. And they know they have leverage.

It’s just the latest strike in what’s becoming a national trend. More than 100,000 public school teachers in six states have walked out of class in the past year, rebelling from years of stagnant wages, crumbling infrastructure, and deep budget cuts to education. The strikes in Arizona, West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, California, and Colorado had broad public support, forcing state lawmakers to raise pay and fueling a national movement to boost investment in public education.

So far, that momentum shows no signs of slowing down.

Funding for public schools in California is a mess

Oakland teachers share a lot of the same frustrations that led LA teachers to walk out of class in January. They say school districts are spending too much money on privately run charter schools that have little public oversight. They also believe they are paid too little working in a state with much wealth.

California is among states spending the least on each student (adjusted for the cost of living), largely because of the state’s strict limits on property tax rates.

The Oakland Education Association, a labor union representing 3,000 educators, has been trying to negotiate a new contract since the last one expired in 2017. Teachers want a 12 percent pay raise over three years, smaller classes, and more support staff. One school counselor for every 600 students is not conducive to a student’s success, says Keith Brown, the group’s president.

The district has offered a 5 percent raise over three years.

Teachers rejected the offer.

“Unless there are dramatic changes to the district’s approach, including spending more money on students and for nurses and counselors, lower class size, and a living wage that will keep Oakland teachers in the classrooms, we will strike,” Brown said.

The school district has said it is willing to keep negotiating for a better deal to avert the strike, and would consider some recommendations from an independent panel, which found that low teacher pay, large class sizes, and school privatization were hurting Oakland schools. The report also acknowledges the state’s “complicated, flawed” system for funding public education.

“Despite our challenges, we are prepared with a comprehensive proposal to reach an agreement. If both sides are committed to settling the contract before a strike occurs —and we are — an agreement can certainly be reached without disrupting the educational experience for students, families and staff,” Oakland Schools Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell said in a statement Saturday.

They have three days to try and reach a deal.

Teachers are leading a national workers revolt

A record number of US workers went on strike or stopped working in 2018 because of labor disputes with employers, according to new data released last week by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. A total of 485,000 employees were involved in major work stoppages last year — the highest number since 1986, when flight attendants, garbage collectors, and steelworkers walked off the job.

Frustrated public school teachers were behind the year’s largest walkouts, but hotel housekeepers and steelworkers also organized strikes that lasted for days.

There are no signs that worker angst has subsided. So far, in 2019, teachers in two major cities have launched their own strikes. And in January, the Los Angeles teachers strike shut down the nation’s second-largest school district for more than a week.

As part of their deal with city officials, teachers agreed to a 6 percent raise and slightly fewer students in each classroom, according to Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, a labor union that represents about 34,000 public school teachers, nurses, librarians, and support staff in the city.

Last week, more than 2,000 teachers in Denver went on strike for three days. The school district ended up giving educators and extra $23 million in pay and agreed to overhaul the compensation system, which relied heavily on annual bonuses.

Now Oakland teachers are prepared to walk out, and Sacramento teachers may follow.

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